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post #1 of 8 Old 11-23-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my 8 year old QH mare

I bought my first horse about a month, and of course I think she's perfect, but I just wanted to get an opinion from some of you guys.
I'm an English rider and would love to eventually end up jumping her, but she has gorgeous movement so I might start her off with a bit of Dressage.
In your opinion do you think she would suit both these disciplines?
I was also considering do a bit of endurance with her, because she has sooo much stamina and energy!011.jpg

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-23-2012, 06:31 PM
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shoulder is really upright
Stands under herself in the back
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-23-2012, 07:29 PM
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Shoudler is a bit upright
Neck set, in those photos looks good
Nice depth through her girth
Possibly back at the knee
HIgh in the wither but her back is a good length
I like her hindquarters
Appears to be very sickle-hocked

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She's pretty sickle hocked which predisposes her to curbs. She does have a nice length in his back, but her shoulder is pretty upright. I would like to see a little more balance between the front and hind...She seems a bit heavy on the forehand which can lead to a rough stride and unsoundness on the front legs.

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She has an upright shoulder and a low set to the point of shoulder. She may not be able to get her knees up adequately to jump safely, or to jump well. I would say you can try it but IMO she will never be a solid 3 foot horse.. maybe 2'6" and then only if she doesn't point her knees down so she could catch a rail. She is also back at the knee and this is a weakness that can lead to unsoudness over fences.

She has very sickle hocks. This means she will be predisposed to curbs (a swelling of the tendon along the back of the hock which is often more cosmetic than unsound) and she will be predisposed to bone spavin of the hock which will limit her dressage work to lower levels (level 2 starting 3 which almost any horse can be trained to).

She has really nice withers and a decent top line. She has decnt hindquarters. Her neck is base thick and somewhat heavy looking. She has decent obone and her hocks are nice and low.

She appears to have very long toes behind and low heels. A shortertrim to her toe and encouraging her to grow a bit more heel might help her be a bit less sickle hocked and might help her stand better. I suspect her fronts have a similar trim making her slipper footed all the way 'round.

She is in really good condition.. not too fat or too thin and has been impeccably groomed. Her hay looks decnt quality. She obvioulsy is loved and very well cared for.
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Thanks for your opinions guys, they've helped a lot. However, I have seen her jump 1.5 meters with room to spare, she also loves to jump over a creek that runs through her paddock which would be at least 2 meters wide.
She lifts her feet up reeaaallyy well.
Her feet are not in very good shape at the moment as when we first got her her hooves had not been touched in more than two years and, believe it or not, are fantastic compared to what they were a month ago.
She is in fantastic condition when you consider that she hasn't been worked in at least a year.
I have not even noticed that she is sickle hocked so thank you all SO much for pointing it out to me and i'll be doing all I can to try and rectify that issue as she is simply too good a horse to ever become lame.
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You cannot "fix" sickle hocks. They are what they are. However, shorter toes and longer heels may help her to stand less sickled.

Clearing a fence is way different than clearing a span (such as a creek).

Would love to see photos of this horse in the air. It is not about how HIGH a horse can jump but more about accuracy, finding the right "spot" to take off from and not hanging knees and catching the jump and flipping or falling.. not getting in too close or leaving the ground too far.. and doing it with a rider.. and then landing on the correct lead. Being able to collect and extend to get the right spot and the right number of strides between fences is extremely important.

Like I said.. would love to see a photo of this horse in the air with a rider.

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I'll be sure to post a photo of us jumping when she's ready :)
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